Abelardo Linares

Abelardo Linares (Seville, 1952) is a Spanish poet, editor, and bibliophile. In 1991, he received the prestigeous Premio de la Crítica, awarded by the Spanish Association of Literary Critics, for his book of poems, Espejos (“Mirrors”). In 1974, in a historic neighbourhood of Seville, Linares founded “Renacimiento”, a bookshop selling new and antique books. From the beginning, the shop specialized in Spanish and Hispanic literature. Its collection was much enriched by the purchase, in 1995, of the entire New York library of the diceased Galician exile Eliseo Torres; this eleven-month undertaking promptly earned Linares the nickname el hombre del millón de libros – “the man of a million books”. Linares owns and directs the publishing imprints Espuela de Plata, which specializes in Hispanic literature, and Renacimiento, which over the years developed, from its initial focus on contemporary poetry, into a publishing house dealing in a wide range of subjects and genres. His poetry collections are: Mitos (Granada, Editorial Comares, 1979), Sombras (Sevilla, Renacimiento, 1986), Espejos (Valencia, Pre-textos, 1991), Panorama (Cáceres, Col.  Hotel Internacional, 5. Galería Nacional de Praga, 1995 (plaquette), Y ningún otro cielo (Barcelona: Tusquets, 2010), L’ unico cielo, Martinsicuro – Teramo: Edizioni Di Felice, 2013).